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  1. pcman2000

    LG PF1000U Ultra Short Throw Projector Giveaway

    The 150000:1 contrast ratio quoted sounds impressive, but I can't seem to find whether it's a real static contrast ratio or dynamic contrast ratio.
  2. Perhaps consider some Sager/Clevo systems from EuroCom, XoticPC etc. I configured a Sky MX5 from eurocom, this comes to $1600 USD; 1080p IPS 15.6" Screen with G-SYNC 3GB GTX 970M Skylake i7-6700HQ 16GB DDR4 256GB Micron M600 SSD (basically a MX200) 1TB Hitatch HDD Note this comes with no OS, but I'm sure you can get your own copy for ~$100. If you get the Haswell version you can get a GTX 980M for the same price.
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    HP's new Pavilion Gaming Notebook

    I think perfectly suited for the GPU is a bad argument. Not everyone is looking to be run games at medium/high settings and personally I would rather play at 1080p Low then 768p Medium/High.
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    Seek Reveal Thermal Imaging Camera

    This technically comes under technology, right? http://www.tomsguide.com/us/seek-reveal-rugged-thermal-camera,news-21665.html Press release: http://www.thermal.com/press-releases/2015/9/29/seek-thermal-announces-powerful-thermal-imaging-and-a-high-performance-led-light-together-in-one-durable-device As thermal imaging quickly becomes cheaper, many phone based cameras like the Seek Compact, FLIR One and Therm-App have been released. However, very few, if any, dedicated thermal imaging devices have been released to take advantage of this new lower cost technology. The Seek thermal is basically the original Seek Compact in it's own dedicated chassis with screen and a LED flashlight. 206 x 156 Resolutoin 12um pixel pitch -40° to 330 °C (-40° to 626 °F) Image saving onto MicroSD Card $399 USD Unfortunately there are a few issues in this camera that stand out to me. No manual focus - so no macro shots - therefore suboptimal for use when building PCs etc. This is a bit ironic because their very own "Seek Compact" for phones ($250) has manual focus and decent macro capability. Bad image quality - While the 206x156 resolution sounds impressive, it really isn't. Since the original seek thermal, seek has had issues delivering image quality on par with their rivals (specifically the FLIR One Gen 2), despite their higher resolution. This is mainly because of pretty big issues with noise and low sensitivity on their sensor. The Reveal uses the same sensor & lens combo as the Compact, so expect similar image quality (unless they really stepped up their image processing game). No radiometric image storage - this is less of an issue for casual users, but this basically means "what you see is what you get". ie. what is displayed on the screen is what is saved. You can't save a raw image for analysis with third party software later like you can on the FLIR One. Still, at $399, this, along with the Original Seek at $249 and FLIR One Gen 2 at $249 offer very good value for anyone who wants to play around with thermal imaging, provided your expectations aren't overinflated (because, after all, most of the thermal images you've probably see were taken with cameras that easily cost over $5000). Another device that's a competitor to the Seek Reveal is the FLIR TG165, also at $399. While it has better temperature precision and possibly accuracy, it's thermal resolution is limited to a very low 80x60 pixels (that said it's thermal sensor is much higher sensitivity and lower noise than the Seek's).
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    HP's new Pavilion Gaming Notebook

    The thing with 1366x768 Glossy TN screens is that they just suck. Like, almost all 1366x768 TN screens are designed specifically for very low budget laptops and as a result are literally the worse TN screens you can get. If we look at reviews for the Pavilion 15 (non-gaming), which presumably has the same LCD panel, we see the viewing angles really, really suck. The problem now is not that it's TN - there are decent TN screens out there. It's that on a $900 laptop they've chosen a bottom of the barrel TN screen, not at least a "better" TN screen, if that makes sense.
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    HP's new Pavilion Gaming Notebook

    http://www.maximumpc.com/hp-tries-earning-street-cred-with-pavilion-gaming-laptop/ http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/07/hp-pavilion-gaming-notebook/ Press Release: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=2098626#.VheegTahe8E 15.6" 1366x768 Glossy TN "why do you even exist" screen (upgradable to 1080p IPS) GTX 950M Up to 2TB Hard Disk + 128GB SSD 16GB RAM Core i5 / i7 Skylake (note sure if ULV) Starting at $899 USD. HP is a giant Laptop manufacturer, however nobody has ever really looked to them for gaming laptops. I know they announced the "HP Omen" last year, however I don't think that was much of a success. I'm not really sure a mid range video card paired with a 1366x768 TN screen that belongs on a $300 laptop helps this perception. Also, I have one question... WHAT ARE THOSE!? Seriously though... it's like the worst of Razer and HP design combined.
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    Thermal Imaging PC

    Surface of my Korean Monitor power brick hits 50C+
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    Thermal Imaging PC

    Unfortunately not - for three reasons. The lenses required for larger sensors get exponentially bigger. Since the lenses for higher res sensors (as they need to resolve more detail) need to be made out of Germanium, they get very expensive, very quickly. The fact that optical grade Germanium cannot be formed like glass and must be cut from crystals increases the price too. Economies of scale are working against you. Even though thermal imagers are a very niche product, at least there is a fair bit of demand (relatively) for ~320x240 for building inspections, high end car night vision, hunting scopes etc. There is far less demand for 640x480, let along 1024x768 or above sensors, meaning their prices are very expensive. Many people who demand higher resolutions also demand higher frame rates and sensitivities at the same time. For the higher framerates and sensitivity, a cooled sensor is required, as opposed to the uncooled sensors found in cheaper (<$50k) products. These cooled sensors work on a completely different physics principle to uncooled sensors and are far more expensive both because they are very, very niche products and also because they need to be cooled well below -200°C with a cryogenic cooler (that needs to be refilled with helium occasionally) A cheaper 640x480 camera is the FLIR T620, which goes for ~$20,000 USD, or the Testo 890 for ~$18,000 FLIR also recently released their T1020, which is a 1024x768 unit. This is one of very few 1024x768 uncooled cameras available, and you can find it for ~$39,000 USD. For true 720p resolution, the FLIR SC8300 would do. It has 1344×784 resolution (basically 1280x720 surrounded by 32 pixel border). However, this is a cooled camera and as a result retails for a cool $140,000 USD. However, being a cooled camera, it is capable of 130fps capture (uncooled cameras usually are 30fps or less) and a thermal sensitivity of well below 0.02°C (compared to, say, ~0.07°C for the camera I used). That said, you can get a open box one for a "bargain" right now for only $94,500 here. Oh, and don't forget the lenses for that thing. They'll probably be $10,000+
  9. The Verge posted a nice comparison between the new Surface Products and the SP3 and MacBook Air / Pro and iPad Pro.
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    Thermal Imaging PC

    Also great for laptop reviews... certainly far better than taping a thermocouple to a laptop. Versus... Does video with sexy graphs too. Here's the inside of my laptop.
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    Thermal Imaging PC

    I posted this a while ago on reddit, but I thought I would post it here. Having recently bought a high res thermal imager for other purposes, I realised that it was actually a great tool for PC building - you can spot what components on your GPU or motherboard are getting hot, which is especially important if you're doing a watercooling build or similar where there may be limited airflow to components like VRMs. Perhaps Linus should buy once for LinusMediaGroup to use in various reviews (ie. Case, GPU, Fan, Cooler) or when covering some exotic builds. The specific camera I used is the Opgal Therm-App which is 384x288 resolution and retails for $939. As far as thermal imaging goes that's actually a really, really cheap price for a 384x288 device. Most imagers of that resolution are $3000+. Enjoy the photos, and let me know if you have any requests to image anything.
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    Microsoft October 2015 Event

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    New Platform Launch Feedback & FAQ

    Vessel pls. You're launching a new video distribution platform to compete with YouTube, yet you have no Android app or mobile web support. I can't watch Vessel videos on my phone or tablet. Really? Come on.
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    Lenovo Wins "Best iPhone 6 Copy Ever"

    To be honest, the antenna bands look better than the ones on the iPhone.
  15. Keep in mind you will need a Galaxy S5 wireless charging back cover. You can get a addon that goes between your phone and the back cover, which is fairly affordable here (even cheaper ones are available on ebay), however this is not guaranteed to maintain waterproofing. You can also get the official samsung one here, which, while more expensive, will maintain waterproofing